Turn on the TV and someone is selling you a revolutionary golf swing management system.
Go on Instagram and you will see hundreds of “swing gurus” offering to dramatically change how you hit the golf ball.
Pick up the latest golf magazine at your bookstore in Tysons Corner, and a new tip to be 10 yards longer is promised on the cover.
So, being the dedicated student of the game that you are, you try these tips, and they work for a range session, or even a round or two.
Then it all goes bad.
You swear off golf for days, then stumble upon a new tip, and everything is back to normal. Then it falls apart.
This cycle is very real for a lot of golfers.
The other issue is there are so many ways to effectively hit the golf ball. We see it on tour, there are so many dynamic positions and movements that it really is difficult to figure out who to emulate and who not to.
The next situation is the most tragic one we see. So you go see a golf instructor, and he/she tells you to hit the ball the same way they do. They spend half of their time showing you how well they hit the golf ball and that you too can be just like them.
Teachers like the above make us cringe.
The most important part of getting better is setting a plan. Based on your profession, the action items may be different but the organization is the same.
Set Goals. Let’s look at two golfers.
Golfer A: 25 handicap, and wants to simply become an 18 handicap. Score is all that matters to you.
Golfer B: 25 handicap, and just hates losing golf balls on the course. You just want the game to be more enjoyable and you want to a better golfer.
These two golfers would get totally different lesson plans.
Golfer A: If score is what truly matters, the first thing we would do is spend time developing the ability to get up and down from 50 yards and in and putting. During that process of learning how to pitch and chip using your body and not relying on your hands, you will slowly learn how to better sequence the body in the golf swing.
Golfer B: If you want to enjoy the game, then we would directly address the big misses that you have that cause you stress, and identify what parts of your golf swing are causing those faults. Then, we would work with you to be able to know what those faults are, how to feel them, how to fix them, and most importantly, how to control them when on the golf course.
Every student sits down with our team and identifies what those main goals are, and we recommend a plan to make you the golfer you want to be.
In this introductory blog post, all we ask of our students is one thing; to trust us.
What does trust look like?
- Listen During the Lesson. You may laugh, but many students will reach for the next ball to try to hit while we explain a feel or a fix.
- Practice the Takeaway: what we mean by this is, at the end of every lesson, we will give you a clear list of things to work on until the next lessons, take those takeaways and commit to integrating them into your game.
- Avoid the Noise: As we mentioned in the begininng, if we are recommending that you focus on one aspect, don’t take a tip you find online and try to magically integrate it into our process.
When Does All of This Click and Make Sense?
You will feel that moment, when you go from being a student getting lessons, to becoming empowered to own your golf swing. You will be able to produce certain feels and positions on demand and will have confidence in knowing what works for your swing and what can actually be a detriment to you.
This may come across as vague, but as we continue to develop this content theme, we will share more detail and examples.
Thank you for reading, and please come back, as we are only just getting started.